Thoughts on the Gospel for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Come, Lord Jesus

  “From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,
"Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand
                                                       Matthew 4:17        It is not possible to know what Galileans thought of heaven or how deeply the Hellenistic cosmography which saw the earth as nestled at the center of seven spheres had penetrated the Jerusalem Judaism familiar to Matthew; Paul does speak of being caught up to the third heaven (II Corinthians 12:2).    We can know that in the Hebrew Scriptures as in the New Testament Heaven is the dwelling place of ...
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Thoughts on the New Year

And a voice from the throne said, “Behold I make all things new.” Revelation 21:5 New Year’s Day has not always been January 1, for during the long Middle Ages it was the Feast of the Annunciation on March twenty-fifth ...
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You Are God’s Project: Merry Christmas

God created man in His own image; in the image of God he created him. God
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. And he walked in the Garden in
the cool of the day, and He called Adam's name. "Where ...
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To Every Saint His Time

“Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?” I said to him, “My
lord, you are the one who knows.”
He said to me,
“These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have ...
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God Hears the Humble

The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds;
it does not rest till it reaches its goal,
nor will it withdraw till the Most High answers,
judges justly and affirms the right,
and the Lord will not delay. Sirach 35:12 Christ brought into the ...
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2022 Lewis Tolkien Dinner

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Doing Nothing

Jesus said to the Pharisees:
"There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen
and dined sumptuously each day.
And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores. . . .
When the poor man ...
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Rulers and Governors

First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers,
petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone,
for kings and for all in authority,
that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life
in all devotion and dignity.
This is good and pleasing to God our savior,
who ...
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Unexpected

  Be sure of this;
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
the Son ...
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